Thank you Kathy for your support of lymphedema
We were very excited to see that Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates recently announced on The Doctors that she is living with lymphedema and has become a national spokeswoman for LE&RN: Lymphatic Education and Research Network.
Bates underwent a double mastectomy in 2009 along with the removal of what she says was a few lymph nodes. Ultimately, her treatment resulted in her “mild” case of lymphedema, an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin that causes swelling or edema and is unable to be eliminated. It is estimated that there are between six and 10 million people living with lymphedema in the U.S. Typically associated with breast cancer, lymphedema can also result from surgical or radiation treatment for cancers of the head and neck, prostate, or abdomen. In some instances, lymphedema can result from an inherited condition.
Lymphedema can be successfully managed with early diagnosis
A life-long condition, lymphedema can often be successfully managed with a variety of techniques including bandaging, compression garments, light exercises, and manual decongestive therapy, It can also occur days after surgery or radiation or appear years after treatment has concluded. It is important for anyone having undergone treatment for cancer to be vigilant about any unexpected swelling in the region of their cancer.
Kim Marshall, DPT, in the Orange office is a Certified Lymphedema Specialist. Please call her with any questions or if you would like to schedule a consultation at 714.547.1140.
To learn more about the Lymphedema Program at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation click here.